Category Archives: Knee Pain

Meniscal Tear

The meniscal tear is a common injury. It can affect athletes who play individuals and team sports. It's also common in people who have jobs that require lots of squatting, such as plumbers or coal miners. Your physical therapist can help you manage the injury and, if surgery is required, can help you prepare for…
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Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is the most commonly damaged ligament in the knee. The MCL can be sprained or torn as a result of a blow to the outer side of the knee, by twisting the knee, or by quickly changing directions while walking or running. MCL injury most often occurs in athletes, although…
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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is an injury to the knee commonly affecting soccer players, basketball players, skiers, gymnasts, and other athletes. About 70% of ACL tears are the result of non-contact injuries; 30% are the result of direct contact (player-to-player, player-to-object). Women are 4-6 times more likely than men to experience an ACL…
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Total Knee Replacement

What is a Total Knee Replacement (TKR)? A total knee replacement (TKR) involves removing the ends of the bones at the knee joint (the tibia, sometimes called “shin bone”) and the femur (thigh bone) and replacing them with artificial parts. Replacement parts consist of a metal cap placed on the end of the femur and…
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Ostoarthritis of the knee

What is Osteoarthritis of Knee? Osteoarthritis of the knee (knee OA) is a progressive disease causing inflammation and degeneration of the knee joint that worsens over time. It affects the entire joint, including bone, cartilage, ligament, and muscle. Its progression is influenced by age, body mass index (BMI), bone structure, genetics, strength, and activity level.…
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Tendinitis

Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon. This inflammatory problem typically stems from overuse or repetitive actions. Many  regions of the body are prone to tendinitis. Some of the most commonly affected tendons are the Achilles tendon, rotator  cuff tendons, biceps tendon, and patellar tendon. A thorough evaluation will take place on the first visit to…
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Muscle Injuries

There are three main categories of muscle injuries or dysfunctions. Muscle spasms, strains, and tears. Muscle  spasms usually occur early after an injury. This feels like tightness in the muscles in the area attempting to  protect that area. This is sometimes, but not always, painful. A muscle strain occurs when a muscle or the tendon …
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Ligament Injuries

Ligaments connect one bone to another within a joint and help to provide stability and flexibility. There  are ligaments helping to support every joint in the body. Injury to each one has slightly different symptoms  and treatment. It is possible to damage more than one ligament in the same incident, particularly in the knee.  Injuries…
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